The first thing you see as you arrive in Talkeetna is the famous and rustic “Welcome to Downtown Talkeetna” sign. Talkeetna is a small village 120 miles north of Anchorage situated at the base of Mt. McKinley which is also known by locals as “Denali”. Mountain climbers who aspire to climb Mt. McKinley fly into Talkeetna first and then make their way to base camp. Something of note to enjoy are the Denali “flightseeing” tours for Mt. McKinley. One way to get to Talkeetna is by the Alaska Railroad. The railroad runs in both summer and winter. Fishing for rainbow trout and salmon in the three different rivers around Talkeetna is always a summer attraction. The small community is home to some historic museums. The view for seeing the Northern Lights in incomparable. So come and enjoy Talkeetna year round since there are lots of activities to be enjoyed in and around this small but entertaining village.
Talkeetna is the last civilization that the mountain climbers enjoy on their way to Mt. McKinley, also known as Denali. Denali is the seventh tallest peak in the world and attracts world class mountain climbers every year. The climbing season begins in mid-April and runs through mid-July.
The Glacier Landing Company offers flightseeing tours of Denali and come equipped to land on the Kahiltna Glacier and it’s sister glaciers so you can walk and hike in this untouched magical area. They also offer a fly over of the base camp for mountain climbers going up the South Face. The views from the air are nothing short of spectacular. Many believe the best way to catch a glimpse of Denali is by air due to the rapidly changing weather on the mountain.
In the winter, take the Aurora Winter train to Talkeetna. This small village is far enough north to enjoy fairly regular displays of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. Available for overnight stays in Talkeetna are lodges, bed and breakfasts, and cabins. There are packages available for the train and accomodations. You can stay one night or enjoy an extended stay in this quaint village. Summer time is also a great time to enjoy the train ride to Talkeetna.
The Talkeetna River is popular for fishing and converges with the Sustina and the Chultina Rivers. Rainbow trout and the different species of salmon are abundant and guided fishing tours are available. Be sure to get your state fishing license, which isn’t included in the price of many guided trips, but is required. It is recommended to dress in layers. This applies for almost anything you do outside in Alaska as the weather can change without notice. There are both wade fishing and drift boat fishing. The fisherman should also be mindful of bears in the area. The same fish that make Talkeetna a popular destination for fishing, also attracts bears that love feeding on the salmon. Familiarize yourself with bear encounter preparedness techniques, such as wearing a noise making device like a bell and other strategies. Fishing in groups, for this reason, is recommended.
Also an attraction in Talkeetna is the museums. Museum of the North is located in an old railroad building that is an historical site as well. It has the homesteading exhibit and displays that outlines the history of Talkeetna from the early twentieth century. The Wax Museum of the North depicts colorful historic personalities as well as historic events.
Talkeetna is home to some of the best viewing of the Northern Lights. Since Talkeetna is a remote village you have a clear view of the sky that is not hindered by the bright city lights. It is far enough north that theopportunities while enjoy the light show. Northern Lights are frequently seen in the area. Aurora Borealis enthusiasts are treated to some great photographic opportunities.
It doesn’t matter what activity you wish to enjoy. Talkeetna has something for everyone to enjoy!! Book your trip and plan your activities for winter or summer!!